Jags released receiver to sign Johnson

Updated: November 18, 2003, 7:33 PM ET
Associated Press

FOXBORO, Mass. -- The New England Patriots signed wide receiver J.J. Stokes on Tuesday as they try to fill in gaps left by injuries.

 J. J. Stokes

Stokes played in six games for Jacksonville this season and caught 13 passes for 116 yards before he was released on Nov. 12, when the Jaguars claimed Kevin Johnson from Cleveland.

The San Francisco 49ers made Stokes, 31, the 10th overall selection in the 1995 draft. He played eight seasons there, starting 66 games and catching 327 passes for 4,139 yards and 30 touchdowns. In 2001, he started every game and finished second on the team with 54 receptions, including seven touchdowns.

The Patriots have struggled to fill their receiving corps. Troy Brown missed Sunday's game with a leg injury, David Patten is on injured reserve and David Givens missed part of Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys.

To make room for Stokes on the roster, New England waived receiver Chas Gessner and re-signed him to the practice squad. He was on the 53-man roster for just one week but was not activated for Sunday's game against Dallas.

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